Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Children

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Hepatocellular carcinoma is a rare disease in which cancerous cells are found in the tissues of your child’s liver. Although rare, it is the most common primary cancer of the liver.

  • This type of cancer is found in children from infants to birth to 19 year-old teenagers of age, but usually does not occur before the a child reaches age of 15.

  • The median age for diagnosis is 12 years old.

  • Hepatocellular carcinoma may occur in multiple places within your child’s liver.

  • Cancer cells can also spread (metastasize) to other areas of your child’s body.

  • The most common sites of metastasis are the lungs and the abdomen.

Pioneering research

Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center are conducting numerous research studies that will help clinicians better understand and treat hepatocellular carcinoma.

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